Anambra State Government has commenced street naming and house numbering exercise across the state.
The first phase of the project will be carried out in the three major pilot cities — Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi.
Inaugurating the project, Gov. Willie Obiano said the exercise was part of his administration’s desire to transform Anambra State, especially the capital and making it `a Smart City’.
Gov. Obiano, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu noted that when completed, it would further project the state to global recognition.
The Governor explained that the naming and numbering as well as strategic structures would be uploaded into the Google Map for easy identification and tracking.
“It will promote e-commerce vis-à-vis prompt service delivery and other social and health benefits.
“If there is an emergency situation, be it fire outbreaks, health or security challenge, it will enable the personnel or the operative to easily identify the location for immediate response and action.`I urge the Local Government Authorities to work harmoniously with the Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), in mounting directional sign posts bearing the name of every street from the both ends,’’ Gov. Obiano said.
He, however, commended members of the State House of Assembly for speedy passage of the bill, noting that the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature had helped to sustain peace in every community in the state.
Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Uche Okafor, represented by the Majority Leader, who also doubles as the member representing Awka South 1, Mr Nnamdi Okafor, said that the project had full legislative backing of the state Assembly.
Mr Okafor added that the House passed a bill mandating ANSAA to proceed on house numbering, to which the executive arm consented for the good of the state.
“Street numbering is an important aspect of any city. It helps in easy identification; indeed, it is part of global development and will help Anambra to have a global look.’’
Managing Director ANSAA, Mr Jude Emechetta, explained that ANSAA, was established by legislation to work harmoniously with Local Governments in the state.
“There are streets without numbers, which we are going to be numbered. Those with numbers but not regular will be corrected.
“This is geared toward proper identification for adequate capturing, which will be loaded on the internet. This is part of making Anambra a smart state,’’ Emechetta noted.
Transition Committee Chairman, Awka South LGA, Mr Leo Nwuba commended the State Government for the initiative, promising to work in collaboration with ANSAA for maximum results.
The Consultant for the project, Chief Emeka Okonkwo described the project as digital mapping and first class rebranding of Anambra State cities.
He promised to deploy a high level of professionalism in carrying out the exercise.